The results are in from a new study called the "Bikram Yoga Heart Study." It tested a variety of factors like blood glucose and vascular health as the subjects practiced the 26+2 of Bikram yoga. Some subjects practiced in 105 degrees (F) while others practiced at room temperature, 73 degrees.
"Results showed significant and equal improvement in brachial artery flow-mediated dilation (an index of vascular health and heart disease risk) with 12 weeks of both the heated (105-degree) yoga and non-heated (73-degree) yoga groups. However, while both yoga practices were equally beneficial on the vasculature, there were some differences in their effects on other variables with additional reductions in body fat percentage and a trend (almost statistically significant) toward a reduction in LDL (bad)-cholesterol being seen only in the hot yoga group alone."
This study was funded by Pure Action.
Scott & Ida are Yoga Acharyas (Masters of Yoga). They are the head teachers of Ghosh Yoga. This blog is about their experience with yoga practice, study and teaching.
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